in MS PROJECT 2010 manually scheduling is a new feature.
You can see how the new added task will be scheduled here:
You can change default settings from manually scheduled task to auto scheduled task:
If you enter task in auto scheduled mode it will have 1 day duration by default, and start date same as a project start date:
The question mark in duration field means that it is estimated time. Now if you enter, for example 2d in duration field, the question mark will gone:
If you enter task in manually scheduled mode you will get:
The question mark means that you have to enter more information for this task. There is nothing in the graphical part of the Gantt chart for this task.
OK. Now I will enter 1d in duration field:
You can see light blue bar in graphical part and that the task will start on a project start date, but start and end date fields are still empty.
Now I will erase 1d in a duration field and put 2.6.11 in start date field:
You can see that only start sign is shown in graphical part of the Gantt diagram
Now I will erase 2.6.11 in a start date field and put 3.6.11 in end date field:
You can see that only end sign is shown in graphical part of the Gantt diagram
Now I will add 5d in duration field but I will not erase 3.6.11 from the end date field:
You can see that the question mark has disappeared, and that a start date is set to 30.05.11 (5 days before entered end day).
If you add manually scheduled task you can write anything in duration, start and end date field like this:
OK. I have entered description in duration, start date and end date field. What will happen if I change task mode from manually to automatic scheduled?
I will get:
As you can see the start date is the start date of the project and duration is the last entered or calculated duration. If I didn’t have anything in duration field ever in manually scheduled task it will have 1 day duration after switching from manually to auto schedule mode.
In my next blog I will write about linking manually and auto scheduled tasks.